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Nature’s power to heal is focus of Fielder talk

Aspen Times Staff Report

For many Aspenites, it?s not always easy to define the reason why mountain living is so appealing. But in a free lecture, nature photographer John Fielder will offer his thoughts on why wilderness continually heals the soul, the mind and the body.

Fielder will be in Aspen today to give a multimedia presentation titled ?The Healing Powers of Nature,? at 5:30 p.m., at the Given Institute. Refreshments will be offered at 5 p.m.

Fielder?s presentation will touch on the role of Enos Mills as the father of Rocky Mountain National Park, and E.O. Wilson as the father of modern ecological science. The program will also include music by Vangelis and Jarvis, along with Fielder?s photographs of the Colorado wilderness.

?To spend time in a vast and beautiful wilderness cultivates a sense of respect, and helps us understand that we?re a small part of something much bigger,? said Fielder. ?To recognize that each of us has a place and a role helps us be more patient, and have more productive interactions with each other.?

In addition to Mills and Wilson, Fielder will discuss the observations of other scientists and thinkers who tie not only psychological, but physiological wellness to a relationship with the natural world.

Fielder is a nationally renowned nature photographer, publisher, teacher and preservationist. In 1981, he founded Westcliffe Publishers, one of the nation’s largest publishers of nature books and calendars. A former department-store executive who turned an avocation into a career, he is the photographer of 32 exhibit-format and guide books, most about his home state of Colorado.

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Fielder has also worked to promote the protection of Colorado’s open space and wild lands, and his photography has influenced people and legislation, while earning him awards from major conservation groups, including the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award.

Fielder was an original governor-appointed member of the lottery-related Board of Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), and speaks to thousands of people each year to rally support for timely land-use and environmental issues.

For more information, call 925-1057.

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